20th-Century Mexican Art celebrated in exhibit

20th-Century Mexican Art celebrated in exhibit – New York

El Museo del Barrio is hosting the only East coast presentation of “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th-Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” through Sept. 8 as part of a national tour. The exhibit features more than 100 examples of Mexican modernists representing some of the most important periods in Mexican social, political and cultural history, according to museum officials. Periods addressed span from early experiments with European Cubism and Surrealism and post-revolutionary efforts to develop an indigenous Mexican aesthetic to the diverse styles and techniques of post-World War II abstraction and realism.

The paintings, drawings and photographs on view are drawn from the celebrated collection of the late cinematic mogul Jacques Gelman and his wife, Natasha, who moved to Mexico City in the early 1940s and amassed their collection. Many of the works on view have rarely been viewed.

Highlights include 10 paintings by Kahlo, including “Autorretrato con collar” (1953), a rendering of the artist as a young woman, and “Diego on My Mind” (1943), in which her husband is superimposed on her forehead. Nine works by Rivera are on view, including “Ultima hora” (1915) and “Retrato de la Senora Natasha Gelman” (1943). The exhibition will also include landscapes by Roberto Montenegro, still lifes by Juan Soriano and semi-abstract paintings by Carlos Merida and Gunther Gerzso.

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“Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th-Century

Mexican Art: The Jacques and

Natasha Gelman Collection”

Through Sept. 8

El Museo del Barrio

Address: 1230 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10029

Phone: (212) 831-7272

Web site: www.elmuseo.org

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